Games of the XXXII Olympiad -- 2020
Tokyo, Japan • July 23-August 8, 2021
USA Basketball put together a program ahead of the 2020 Olympics that gave athletes and coaches an opportunity to train throughout the year at various camps and competitions from September 2019 through April 2020. After posting a 17-1 mark against national and international competition, like the rest of the world, the USA’s plans were halted due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
2020 USA RESULTS (6-0)
2020 OLYMPIC GAMES FINAL STANDINGS
Despite the one-year delay, the 2020 U.S. Olympic Women’s Basketball Team traveled to Tokyo and claimed a seventh-straight Olympic gold medal, a streak accomplished just once before by a traditional team sport. The U.S. Olympic men’s basketball teams from 1936-1968 also claimed seven golds.
Led by U.S. Olympic delegation’s Opening Ceremony flag bearer Sue Bird and Diana Taurasi, both of whom now own a record five Olympic basketball gold medals, and now four-time Olympic gold medalist Sylvia Fowles, the U.S. swept its competition for a perfect 6-0 mark en route to gold.
Behind A’ja Wilson’s and Brittney Griner’s double-doubles, and the formidable presence of Taurasi and Bird, the U.S. opened with an 81-72 win over Nigeria on July 27. It was the 50th consecutive Olympic victory for the U.S., a streak that began when the Americans won bronze at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics.
In her Olympic debut, Wilson had 19 points and 13 rebounds, while Griner finished with 13 point and 10 boards. Taurasi had 10 first-half points. Though Bird didn’t score, she had 13 assists and four rebounds.
The USA defeated Japan 86-69 on July 30 as Wilson posted her second double-double with 20 points and 10 rebounds.
In a tight contest throughout, the USA held off France for a 93-82 win to close preliminary play on Aug. 2. Wilson 22 points and seven rebounds to again lead the U.S. in scoring.
The USA took control early with a 17-0 first quarter run and went on to secure a 79-55 win over Australia in the quarterfinals on Aug. 4 behind 23 points from Stewart.
Griner led the USA with 15 points and 12 rebounds as the USA secured a double-digit lead in the first quarter and was in control throughout a 79-59 win over Serbia in the Olympic semifinals on Aug. 6.
Meeting Japan again in the gold medal game, Bird scored the first two points and the U.S. never trailed on its way to the 90-75 golden victory.
Griner scored a game-best 30 points, a U.S. Olympic gold medal game record and the second most ever scored by a U.S. woman at the Olympics. Wilson celebrated her 25th birthday by tallying 19 points, seven rebounds, five assists and a U.S. Olympic women’s single game record five blocked shots.
France topped Serbia 91-76 in the bronze medal game.
2020 USA OLYMPIC TEAM ROSTER
|NAME||POS||HGT||WGT||AGE||WNBA TEAM / COLLEGE||HOMETOWN|
|Ariel Atkins||G||5-11||161||25||Washington Mystics/Texas ’18||Dallas, TX|
|Sue Bird||G||5-9||150||40||Seattle Storm/Connecticut ‘02||Syosset, NY|
|Tina Charles||C||6-4||192||32||Washington Mystics/Connecticut ‘10||Jamaica, NY|
|Napheesa Collier||G/F||6-1||183||24||Minnesota Lynx/Connecticut ’19||O’Fallon, MO|
|Skylar Diggins-Smith||G||6-0||165||31||Phoenix Mercury/Notre Dame ‘13||South Bend, IN|
|Sylvia Fowles||C||6-6||212||35||Minnesota Lynx/Louisiana State ‘08||Miami, FL|
|Chelsea Gray||G||5-11||170||28||Las Vegas Aces/Duke ‘14||Manteca, CA|
|Brittney Griner||C||6-9||205||30||Phoenix Mercury/Baylor ‘13||Houston, TX|
|Jewell Loyd||G||5-11||150||27||Seattle Storm/Notre Dame ’15||Lincolnwood, IL|
|Breanna Stewart||F||6-4||170||26||Seattle Storm/Connecticut ‘16||North Syracuse, NY|
|Diana Taurasi||G||6-0||163||39||Phoenix Mercury/Connecticut ‘04||Chino, CA|
|A’ja Wilson||F||6-5||197||24||Las Vegas Aces/South Carolina ’18||Hopkins, SC|
|Head Coach: Dawn Staley, University of South Carolina|
|Assistant Coach: Dan Hughes|
|Assistant Coach: Cheryl Reeve, Minnesota Lynx|
|Assistant Coach: Jennifer Rizzotti, Connecticut Sun|
|Team Physician: Riley Williams, Hospital for Special Surgery|
|Athletic Trainer: Ed Ryan, Andrews Institute (Fla.)|
2020 USA OLYMPIC TEAM CUMULATIVE STATISTICS